Figuratively speaking, of course.
Senator John Kerry kowtows to those three old Democrat presidential candidate standbys: Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton and the allegedly monolithic “black church.”
With just three Sundays left before Election Day, Sen. John Kerry is asking for all the help he can get from black voters and the Almighty.
:giggle: Do I detect a hint of derision from ABC News, of all places?
The Democratic presidential nominee attended two church services Sunday, instead of his usual one, worshipping first with Haitian Catholics and then with Baptists, where the Rev. Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton tied his election to the civil rights struggle.[SNIP]
Black turnout is key to Kerry's plan for victory in Florida and elsewhere less than 10 percent of black voters nationally supported George W. Bush in 2000. But Kerry's campaign says there have been efforts to turn religious blacks against him based on his support for abortion rights and civil unions for same-sex couples.
(Those two issues are what initially turned my parents toward the Republicans--several years before I made that move, by the way. Most religious blacks--and religious others--just aren't buying either of those so-called civil rights, especially abortion. Many blacks have come to view abortion as a form of genocide, even without being religious or knowing Margaret Sanger's [founder of Planned Parenthood] views.)
Playing to one’s base is a smart move. However, anecdotally, the word is out that many black die-hard Democrats—especially the Christian ones—won’t be voting this year. I’m acquainted with several of them. They can’t bring themselves to vote for President Bush, but Senator Kerry’s flips and flops give many of them the willies. A direct quote from my great aunt: “A man at church said that he’d never vote for a Republican, but this John Kerry was too ‘crazy’ to vote for.” (Yellow-dog Democrat great-aunt has decided that she won’t vote either.)
Likely, Senator Kerry will have to crawl on bended knee for the most-assuredly Democrat vote (black Americans). However, many of them recognize a bad deal when they see it, even when it is labeled in the most pleasing manner.